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HIST:703 Battle for Saratoga: Revolutionary War09/15-09/15  

Saratoga was the beginning of the end for the British in the Revolutionary War.  Learn how a smaller American army and militia inflicted the first decisive defeat on the British, and how it influenced the rest of the world, turning our revolution into a global conflict. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70091
  • Meeting Dates= 09/15-09/15
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:705 Battle of Wilson's Creek: U.S. Civil War in Missouri10/05-10/05  

One of the early battles of the war, Wilson's Creek was decisive in keeping Missouri in the Union, despite it being a Federal defeat. In an area known better for the guerrilla war that characterized the war, Wilson's Creek was a fight reminiscent of the larger battles fought east of the Mississippi River. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70671
  • Meeting Dates= 10/05-10/05
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 202
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 Custer as Indian Fighter: Well Deserved or Historically Contrived?11/15-11/15  

George Armstrong Custer is best remembered for his "last stand" at Little Bighorn against the Lakota and Cheyenne. Even though he was a Civil War hero, he reinvented himself as a frontier plainsmen to engage the Native Americans. This class will explore how well Custer accomplished this in his battles against the Indians. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70372
  • Meeting Dates= 11/15-11/15
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Vincent Heier
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Death on the Danube10/20-10/20  

Relations between Hapsburg Austria and Bonapartist France were very strained, and in 1809 the Austrians attacked Bavaria, an ally of the French.  Napoleon of course responded, leading to the series of battles that placed Vienna itself under French domination. This class will examine those fights, along with the struggle in the Tyrol against French hegemony and the campaigns in Northern Italy that were part of this expansive conflict. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70211
  • Meeting Dates= 10/20-10/20
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 Eastern Front WW II10/13-10/13  

The Eastern Front was the largest land campaign ever fought, dwarfing others with its colossal scale in distance and numbers. For every German the GIs faced in WWII, three were fighting in Russia against overwhelming numbers of Russian soldiers. This was the decisive campaign of the Second World War. This class will cover the opening campaign, other principle campaigns and battles such as Kharkov, Stalingrad, Kursk, Cherkassy, Bagration among others, and culminate with the capture of Berlin. Also, we'll see how the results of this war still impact events today. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70210
  • Meeting Dates= 10/13-10/13
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:701 Galvanized Yankees and the Civil War09/19-09/19  

What was a "Galvanized Yankee?" They originated after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 when President Lincoln decreed that there would be no more prisoners of war exchanged between North and South. Anyone captured after that battle, wounded or not, was conscripted into the Union Army if they healed and were well enough to march. Come follow the graphic journey of one "galvanized" Union soldier. Newly released records allow this evening's storyteller to recount this true ancestral story of Civil War experiences. As you listen, be inspired to vividly record your own family stories. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70093
  • Meeting Dates= 09/19-09/19
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 202
  • Instructor= STLCC Staff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 Guadalcanal10/19-10/19  

Operation Shoestring was a battle the United States was not prepared to fight, but was compelled to fight. This class will look at both the land campaign and the naval combat around the Island that led to so many ships being sunk that it is now called Iron Bottom Sound. The plans and reactions of both sides are discussed, as they continually poured reinforcements into a battle that neither side expected to be so fierce and costly. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70220
  • Meeting Dates= 10/19-10/19
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 How the U.S. Acquired Its Territory09/29-09/29  

Did you ever wonder how the United States acquired its territory? We have heard of the original 13 states, Louisiana Purchase and Alaska, but how were those boundaries filled out? How did we get Florida, Hawaii and what about the Gadsden Purchase? How were boundary disputes settled and what about those tropical islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and others? How did these territorial acquisitions take place and what effect did they have on our history? Come spend an evening researching this fascinating topic. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70176
  • Meeting Dates= 09/29-09/29
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 Iraq & Jordan09/20-09/27  

These two Hashamite Kingdoms in the Middle East were created by the British after World War I from the defeated Ottoman/Turkish Empire. In this two-session class, we will review the historical account of their creation, the mandate that Britain held over both, and a collection of fascinating stories that will bring us up to date with these nations today. Cost for adults 60 and over $16.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70077
  • Meeting Dates= 09/20-09/27
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 29.00
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HIST:705 Lee's Retreat, April 186509/13-09/13  

The last days of the Civil War continued the fierce fighting that characterized the entire conflict. As the Confederacy fell, Robert E. Lee desperately tried to allude the Union army's dogged pursuit. This class will follow Lee's retreat focusing upon the moments and men who fought culminating in the Southern army's surrender at Appomattox. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70371
  • Meeting Dates= 09/13-09/13
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= Vincent Heier
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:712 Napoleon's Campaign of 1805 and the Victory at Austerlitz11/03-11/03  

Napoleon's coronation did not go over well with the various nations opposed to the French Revolution, and the Peace of Amiens did not hold. 1805 turned into a year of struggle between the French and the Austrian and Russian coalition against them.  It culminated in the Miracle of Austerlitz, which many believe to be Napoleon's greatest triumph. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70212
  • Meeting Dates= 11/03-11/03
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:765 Politics & Religion09/28-09/28  

To begin to understand today's hot issues surrounding religion and politics in the U.S., we have to start with what the Constitution and the founding fathers said about the separation of church and state. Using speeches, letters and articles, we'll examine historical issues that have brought politics and religion face-to-face. We'll conclude with a discussion of Senator John Danforth's writing on faith and politics. Join us for a lively, thought-provoking evening. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70169
  • Meeting Dates= 09/28-09/28
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 202
  • Instructor= Kevin Walsh
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 Reformation Today in the USA09/28-10/12  

We’ll begin with a brief review of the Reformation period in 16th century Europe and its coming to America during the 17th and 18th centuries. We’ll then continue with the Protestant-Roman Catholic story in the USA from the 19th century to today - looking at different religious groups, the Americanization process of these groups, and their roles in America today. Cost for adults 60 and over $29.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70075
  • Meeting Dates= 09/28-10/12
  • Meeting Days= W
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 49.00
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  Role of Myths and Symbols in American Culture: A 3-part Series09/22-10/06  

This class will look at a series of 20 to 25 symbolic events and 10 to 15 myths from the 17th to 19th centuries that have played a role in shaping our culture today. Historic events will include: The Mayflower Compact, The Boston Tea Party, the Firing on Fort Sumter, Custer's Last Stand, Signs of Segregation and many others. Myths will include Uncle Sam, Paul Bunyan, Puritan Dress, the American Dollar Bill, The Battle of Bunker Hill, the American Trinity [Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson], and much more. You'll be surprised by the by what you discover during this class. Cost for adults 60 and over $22.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70076
  • Meeting Dates= 09/22-10/06
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 116
  • Instructor= Thomas St John
  • Fees= $ 39.00
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HIST:714 Stalingrad11/22-11/22  

***DATE CHANGED FROM 9/21 TO 11/22*** This class will discuss the German offensive into the southern Soviet Union in 1942 and how Stalingrad became an objective. We will look at how the battle was fought from the perspectives of both sides along with the details of the Soviet counter-offensive. Was this a turning point in WWII? If not, it was a tremendous loss from which the Wehrmacht would never recover. Cost for adults 60 and over $13.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70218
  • Meeting Dates= 11/22-11/22
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Location= Thomas Dunn Learning Center 
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:727 The Anglo-Sikh Wars10/24-10/24  

Imagine a government so afraid of its army that it picks a fight with a stronger neighbor in the hopes of losing in order to tame their own army. Now imagine that same army almost winning despite the efforts of their own generals. This is the incredible story of the Anglo-Sikh Wars that were fought out in the Punjab in 1845-46 and 1849. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70214
  • Meeting Dates= 10/24-10/24
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 205
  • Instructor= Thomas Hoff
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:703 The Civil Rights Movement10/03-10/03  

In the past few years, racial tension has engendered fear, resentment, and even violence in what we had hoped was a post-racial America. As our society responds to this issue, it is helpful to recall the progress that it has made, painstakingly but steadily, toward racial equality. This class will explore the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s in the context of the era's culture and values. It will examine the movement's key events, proponents, adversaries, approaches, and victories. Finally, the course will evaluate the extent to which the Civil Rights Movement fulfilled the dream envisioned by its (arguably) central figure, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for an examination of a topic that, although decades old, remains relevant and is essential to understanding our current social climate. Cost for adults 60 and over $9.50.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70466
  • Meeting Dates= 10/03-10/03
  • Meeting Days= M
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Communications North 226
  • Instructor= Katie Young
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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HIST:714 The Great War - 1916 Centennial Year10/25-10/25  

Our series on the Centennial of the Great War continues with a look back at 1916, a year that started with the failure of Henry Ford’s Peace Ship and saw the Easter Uprising in Dublin. The War becomes an issue in the American Presidential election, there is the bloody Battle of the Somme and the deaths of Emperor Franz Joseph and Rasputin. Spend an evening studying the critical events and issues in this middle year of the Great War. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70177
  • Meeting Dates= 10/25-10/25
  • Meeting Days= T
  • Meeting Times= 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Social Science Bldg 206
  • Instructor= James Gallen
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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  Waffen SS10/27-10/27  

The Waffen Schutz Staffel (SS) was the military branch of the Nazi Party. Myths mixed with rumors and opinions surround the Waffen SS. Are they jack-booted criminals, misunderstood honorable soldiers, or somewhere in between? This class will explore the history, ideals, weapons, tactics and battle record of the Waffen SS. Cost for adults 60 and over $10.00.

  • Registration Code= 201625 70215
  • Meeting Dates= 10/27-10/27
  • Meeting Days= Th
  • Meeting Times= 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location= Meramec - Business Admin Bld 116
  • Instructor= John Ketcherside
  • Fees= $ 19.00
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